July 1, 2021

Around the nation: California lawmakers approve Medi-Cal expansion

Daily Briefing

    The California legislature approved a budget deal that will expand Medicaid benefits to 235,000 undocumented immigrants, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, the District of Columbia, and Florida.

    • California: The California legislature on Monday approved a budget deal that will allow 235,000 undocumented immigrants to access full benefits from Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program. Currently, the state offers full Medi-Cal benefits—which cover doctor's visits, prescriptions, and other services—to low-income undocumented immigrants up to the age of 26. The budget deal expands the program to include older immigrants, who are currently eligible for only limited services such as prenatal care and emergency visits. According to state Sen. María Elena Durazo (D), newly eligible immigrants will be able to access full benefits in May 2022 at the earliest. (Romero, KQED, 6/29)
    • District of Columbia: The Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 5-4 to keep in place a nationwide moratorium on evictions, which was issued to reduce the spread of Covid-19. CDC issued the moratorium in September 2020, after the temporary moratorium issued by Congress at the beginning of the pandemic expired in July 2020. CDC has said the moratorium—which has been extended several times since it was initially put in place—will not extend past July 31. The Biden administration is currently working to disperse nearly $50 billion in federal funds to help people pay back rent, writes the Washington Post. (Liptak, New York Times, 6/29; Barnes, Washington Post, 6/29; Totenberg/Arnold, NPR, 6/29)
    • Florida: Memorial Healthcare System has named Leah A. Carpenter EVP and COO. Carpenter is currently CEO of Memorial Hospital West and will retain that position until a new CEO is named. Previously, Carpenter acted as CEO at Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Hospital Pembroke. (Bandell, South Florida Business Journal, 6/29; Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/29)
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